15 Minute Drama : BBC Radio 4 FM : August 11, 2016 07:45PM-08:00PM BST
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Father Quixote and his friend Sancho attract the unwelcome attention of the Guardia Civil.
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🔗 Well known Graham Greene's Monsignor Quixote continues now on Radio four for the
🔗 Quixote newly appointed a monsignor
🔗 and his friend Sanchez continue their journey to Madrid to buy a month's in US
🔗 purple socks a task that attracts some unwelcome attention.
🔗 On the next day of our journey father
🔗 Quixote and I finally arrived in Madrid. That said the Palace Hotel.
🔗 I'm afraid looks a little too grand for me I'm very happy to pay for it
🔗 but that's a very expensive hotel and you're supposed to be a communist.
🔗 Communism is not against comfort
🔗 or even what you call luxury so long as the workers benefit in the long run.
🔗 However if you wish to be uncomfortable
🔗 and mortified by I'm quite ready to be comfortable
🔗 but I wouldn't be comfortable there. Accomplishes a state of mind.
🔗 We drove on into a poor a quarter of town taking streets of random
🔗 and then unfortunately the father's engine car often and take stopped
🔗 and nothing would make us start again.
🔗 We were stopped outside a crumbling hostelry
🔗 with a dingy doorway. This is where we stay but he's not even clean.
🔗 These are obviously very poor people they need us the Palace Hotel just.
🔗 The other stated his bed.
🔗 There isn't even a bath. Your mat.
🔗 There are dozens of good and inexpensive hotels in Madrid
🔗 and you land as in this I'm speak of a hostelry rotten on to a was tired out your
🔗 beloved throws I got there in fact I'm not taking my clothes off.
🔗 This time
🔗 when you get some sleep wake
🔗 up once when you wake up. Oh I'm resting I was helping.
🔗 Oh oh. Shopping.
🔗 You're a Monsignore member you have to buy some purple socks.
🔗 Oh is it really necessary. You know a nine tyrant like your ancestor.
🔗 You need your proper accoutrements stuck in Elko So you haven't realized how all
🔗 along the roads of Spain the ghost of Franco still patrol your socks will be our
🔗 safe guard GOD YES IT WILL RESPECT purple so
🔗 but I want other things you don't mind.
🔗 I couldn't sleep so I borrowed the book of yours by your bedside which book.
🔗 Father had a bed Yonah on moral theology. I have a going.
🔗 It gives an insight into the strange workings of the priestly mind.
🔗 I don't mind holding on to a promise I can swap it with here temporarily for the
🔗 Selected Works of Lenin of course. Why not.
🔗 One shouldn't be narrow minded
🔗 and now the purple socks.
🔗 Reluctantly rotting on tape took a shopping our heart sank at the elegance of the
🔗 clerical outfit as on the dark.
🔗 Well pressed suit to the assistant who greeted us with the distant courtesy of a
🔗 Churchill Socrates these are No I know these pure
🔗 silk and the I'll copy.
🔗 The best Sea Island cotton Of course I usually when.
🔗 Well of course we have what we usually find nylon
🔗 or silk preferred it's a question of Socal nylon has a richer purple wool rather
🔗 blurs the purple from ear to question of war.
🔗 No excuse me Monsignor I agree with this gently we want to purple which strikes the
🔗 eye as it were from a distance from a distance.
🔗 I'm afraid I don't we don't want the purple to look accidental.
🔗 We want it to give off a clear message.
🔗 We certainly don't want a non ecclesiastical purple.
🔗 Nobody has ever found fault with our purple or even the wool
🔗 and purple while still for our purposes the nylon is much the best certainly has
🔗 the right shimmer and then of course we need what we call
🔗 that sort of big monsignors where I suppose you mean in particular I imagine you
🔗 will need that in line and match the saw I have agreed about the socks
🔗 but I absolutely refuse to wear a purple But chair. Only in an emergency C.
🔗 Not what you'd know Jinsei comply Adelante you just in case given the state of the
🔗 yes of course most in your.
🔗 So there's the pitch here and the songs
🔗 that we all most in you yes well over now.
🔗 But just in case the cardinals happen.
🔗 They Monsignor hasn't reached that stage yet
🔗 but you never know cardinals have so always received from his holiness.
🔗 That's good to know.
🔗 If you could just write these things
🔗 and of course if you'll excuse me for a moment.
🔗 I think I went of it and I well arouse suspicion and I'm sorry
🔗 but he looks like a kind of man who might well belong to a bush day.
🔗 I wouldn't put it past him to take a number of our.
🔗 Unfortunately father Quixote suspicions about the assistant turned out to be all
🔗 too well founded which should have taught me a lesson about not making facetious
🔗 remarks for the moment we were just glad to see the back of the tree.
🔗 So where are we heading.
🔗 We should follow the road to Salamanca on the way I want us to visit our holy site
🔗 high up in the hills holy site the last resting place of generally similar Franco.
🔗 This term is a remarkable engineering feat the param
🔗 and it needed slave labor to accomplish it as in your Siberian camps these
🔗 Russian prisoners labor for the future a country.
🔗 This was all for the glory of one man and as I understand it.
🔗 This was meant to be a chapel of reconciliation where all the fallen on both sides
🔗 were to be remembered thing in front of him
🔗 or able to direct Republicans you know I wish I believed in
🔗 damnation for I would certainly put the generalism out there in the lowest depths
🔗 down to the same I'm afraid I suspect human judgment even down to
🔗 this is not the same as the judgment of God expects you put him in paradise
🔗 and never says that such a I don't deny he did many wrong things.
🔗 But we should still pray for him.
🔗 know I have the impression we're being followed. Surely no.
🔗 Well everybody's overtaking your car except for walking.
🔗 It's a change so a good way with the plea. Why should we be followed by the.
🔗 Oh no I asked you to put on your purple.
🔗 I just put all the socks say I'm not you know where do we go we
🔗 know Spain will never get to Salamanca tonight.
🔗 I'd better stay out of a lot
🔗 that lasted over time you know
🔗 but they were God There is no doubt of it they saw her trying to.
🔗 But why would they follow us we've done nothing wrong with a church by parents.
🔗 We must look us in the centers lab so I wouldn't rely on that I suppose is
🔗 that why but I just feel extremely hot.
🔗 I notice the heat to smear a very agreeable temperature for them because
🔗 I'm not wearing one of those absurd cold. So a bunch of cellulite.
🔗 It's not at all what you think of what those Guardiola wearing.
🔗 Is just try to you see. Well you know.
🔗 No you're right it doesn't seem so.
🔗 Constricting that's probably a sore place on my neck.
🔗 You know it's out Father without your color.
🔗 I would never take you for a priest
🔗 and certainly not for a monsignor got me a pipe. It was a god you.
🔗 He must've left his jeep around the bend in the protesters on foot.
🔗 We hadn't noticed him coming.
🔗 He was sweating from exhaustion
🔗 or apprehension for these fingers played on his holster.
🔗 Here is my dentist shot and was I have your object in your pocket.
🔗 It's a book so I make it your own as moral theology officer
🔗 hardly forbidden rating so I was further on the phone and while you were in
🔗 that color but. Read it for a moment for my friend.
🔗 So it's not just my friend Monsignor Monsignor Yes you can see
🔗 that by purple socks.
🔗 So once in your book is yours then on the collar yet.
🔗 You lend them to this man.
🔗 Yes I was feeling hard to well anyway my papers are the car.
🔗 But this book. It's the Selected Works of Leonard Leonard.
🔗 Yes it's your book. No no. Mine is the moral theology one issue.
🔗 Yes but this is not your book. It belongs to my friend.
🔗 The man whom you let me call or yes even Lennon is not. I've been reading now.
🔗 God yeah. Where have you come from.
🔗 He's been praying at the Tomb of the gentlest of the distro world.
🔗 Yes I did say a few prayers several press. One would hardly be enough.
🔗 What you mean not enough.
🔗 Oh you mustn't pay attention to what he says he's a good man at heart a name made a
🔗 wonderful Merivale to blow so even though he was a communist. So well.
🔗 Just then last night in Madrid where a little place I don't remember was straight.
🔗 I'm not quite sure we stayed at the palace altar. That's not a little place.
🔗 Size is relative.
🔗 Palace Hotel is a very small place if you compare it to the general Listen most to
🔗 stay here until I come back and if you turn to start the car.
🔗 You will be hurt. Or just mean we will be hurt.
🔗 Trying to shoot us if we move. So we stay. We stay.
🔗 Why did you lie about the hotel a situation
🔗 that makes things worse because they couldn't check.
🔗 Let them check to me this is an index. Clickable situation.
🔗 Well it wasn't until he left his village
🔗 that your ancestor encountered the windmill task is easy.
🔗 We have not thirty
🔗 or forty windmills to deal with just to the Guardian was returning
🔗 with a more decisive looking colleague on the way he waved his arms about his
🔗 explain to his companion the strange contradictions here encountered certainly
🔗 brought a windmill to my mind opening a boat.
🔗 One of those boxes lunch a good
🔗 wine. You seem very well supplied. Yes it did it.
🔗 If you would care for a couple of bottles right down at this so-called mums in your
🔗 office two bottles of men changing wine at once.
🔗 And you have taken down the number of the car. Oh yes.
🔗 I'll take it down more on the road.
🔗 You keep strange company Monsignor dangerous company.
🔗 If this Selected Works of Lenin is indeed hazing not you know it's where you're
🔗 heading now and where will you be staying at the parrot or if they have rooms.
🔗 You have no reservations. We are on holiday Guardian which I go look at the road.
🔗 Well gentleman we have your number. Enjoy your trip.
🔗 Good day think you are protected to avoid of a lie
🔗 on the card here and there we are innocent.
🔗 We're doing harm to know what we're doing harm to their peace of mind time they
🔗 decide to follow some law they drive it off for the
🔗 moment at least like your ancestor.
🔗 We have conquered
🔗 that we now with the windmills where one of the earliest day just don't get had to
🔗 contend with. There were plenty more afterwards father. No more worrying for now.
🔗 That's just.
🔗 The end
🔗 regardless of what lies ahead the fact is when we sat down
🔗 and the you.
🔗 And you can find out what lies ahead at seven forty five tomorrow evening here on
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